Will Fasting Hurt My Weight Loss Efforts
Apr 24th, 2014 by

Will Fasting Hurt My Weight Loss Efforts
Today's question comes from a reader who has started on the road to fitness, by employing a number of different strategies to make it happen. So far, he is down 12 pounds, which is a fine start.

He is exercising a minimum of five days a week and tries to do something every day. This is perfectly fine, so long as you don't do something strenuous every day. Many people walk every day, for instance, and don't even really consider that part of their exercise program. They count what they do, other than walking, as exercise, like lifting weights, doing bodyweight exercises and so on.

He also has made significant changes in what he eats, eliminating almost all packaged food and going with protein, fruit and vegetables. He still eats a couple of Snickers bars and a bag of pork rinds a week, which isn't good for you, but let's remember that he has lost twelve pounds in five weeks.

He heard about what is called "intermittent fasting," and wanted to know if it's helpful, or harmful.

Now, before I tell you what I think, let me tell you that this is a very controversial idea in the fitness community, where the sentiment runs heavily against the idea. All the trainers, diet experts and nutritionists are heavily invested in regular meals, on some kind of schedule, and they have a whole laundry list of reasons why this approach won't work, or is harmful...and won't work.

They will tell you that you'll lose muscle tone, strength, energy... and that your body will go on the fritz quickly, which can only be remedied by eating the way they tell you.

By the way..."intermittent fasting" means that you abstain from food for one or two days a week. (So this definitely is not for everyone.)

So let's boil it down for Bubba.

Will it hurt you, or help you?

It certainly won't hurt you...provided that you're in pretty good shape...with no serious health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and so on. You could probably do it, even with those problems, but you definitely need to see your doctor first and get the okay. (This is common sense, but....)

Will it help?

Last week, I talked about the first rule of weight loss, which simply put is: In order to lose weight, you must take in fewer calories than you are taking in at present. I used the 3000 calories a day figure, dropping the number to 2500, and multiplying out the number over a year.

So lets apply this to fasting, using one day a week. Let's assume you have already dropped your 3000 calories a day to 2500 calories a day and you've been doing this for a while...with no ill effects... and you're losing weight. Your net drop in calories is 3500 calories a week. Now with a fast (for 24 hours), you are dropping another 2500. That's upping the ante to 6000 calories a week. This certainly should speed up your weight loss, provided that you do not overcompensate when you break your fast (ie.,eating over 2500 calories).

Will you lose muscle tone? Will your energy level go down?

No. Tests have shown that none of the things the fitness community claims will happen...actually do happen. It's just another in the long list of "Gym myths," which are too numerous to count.

Dr. Bill is an orthopaedic surgeon and author. He recommends this pharmaceutical grade fish oil for more energy, reduced joint pain and increased heart health.

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Optimal Brain Nutrition
Apr 16th, 2014 by

Optimal Brain Nutrition

When I practiced as a doctor of Naturopathic medicine I found that supplements feeding the brain could reverse many neurological problems. 25 years ago my father had Parkinson's disease and was taking many medications. Through careful research I put together a formulation and asked him to take the supplements. I never had to ask him to take the supplements again, he would tell me, "You know I'm getting mighty low on those vitamins you gave me." My father being of an older generation and from the south this was quite a statement; it proved to me that he felt a difference on the supplements. I saw that he was able to keep strength and mobility quite well while he was on this program. Unfortunately my mother passed away and he married another woman who convinced him that he did not need to take any supplements. His health went down so quickly it was amazing and he died within three years after marrying her.

I am not stating that the supplements cured the Parkinson's disease, but they gave him mental clarity and energy that his body desperately needed. The proof was how quickly he deteriorated once he stopped using supplementation.

The supplements that feed the brain most effectively are, in order, as follows:

Spirulina. This tiny aquatic plant has been eaten by humans since prehistoric times and is grown worldwide as a healthy food. Imagine a vegetable with more protein than soy, more Vitamin A than carrots, more iron than beef, profound source of protective phytochemicals, naturally low in fat, source of the essential fatty acid GLA and is easy to digest. This food goes directly to the brain. It is an absolute must for people with Attention Deficit Disorders, Parkinson's disease, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis Alzheimer's disease, Autism, and any brain disorders.

Lecithin is an important phospholipid needed by all living cells.

One of many benefits of lecithin is its ability to aid in memory function and learning. Many studies have been conducted where people reported higher retention in learning and ability to recall information with an increase of lecithin. Even patients with Alzheimer's disease reported an improvement in memory and orientation. Lecithin is essential for people with Attention Deficit Disorders, Parkinson's disease, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis Alzheimer's disease, Autism, and any brain disorders.

Niacin, or vitamin B3, combines with other B vitamins to release energy in the cells, and to regulate circulation, hormones, glucose, and hydrochloric acid in the body. Niacin also works closely with riboflavin (vitamin B2) and pyridoxine (vitamin B6) to promote healthy skin, and keep the nervous and digestive systems running smoothly. This is an important supplement for neurological problems. When combined with a Multivitamin you will not experience a flush.

Multivitamins. Consistent use of multivitamins and other key supplements can promote good health and help prevent disease, according to a comprehensive new report released by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). The report found that ongoing use of multivitamins (preferably with minerals) and other single-nutrient supplements (like calcium or folic acid) demonstrated quantifiable positive impact in areas ranging from strengthening the immune system of highly-vulnerable elderly patients, to drastically reducing the risk of neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida.

The brain will readily absorb these nutrients and a person will see a change in how they feel mentally and physically quickly with daily usage of these powerful supplements. Most people experience a change within two weeks of usage.

Natural Supplements have been found to reverse many conditions that were unable to be treated by any other modality; this has been documented by many different health organizations. The quality of the supplement has to do with the effectiveness of treatment. Natural supplements with careful quality control procedures can mean the difference between success and failure.

When it comes to eating-protein food is readily absorbed by the brain. Fish and eggs feed the brain more effectively than most other protein foods. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables for the valuable minerals and vitamins to energize the brain. Minimize carbohydrates such as bread, pastry and pizza.

Start feeding your brain today and have a happier healthy life!

I practiced as a doctor of Naturopathic medicine for over twenty years. I have extensive knowledge on the body and have written several articles on some of the main health issues and questions I have seen over the years. I specialize in the modalities such as: nutrition, supplements, physical medicine (includes soft tissue manipulative therapy, physiotherapy, sports medicine, exercise and hydrotherapy)

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